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Comics of the Week #399

Posted 5 hours ago

Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few … [Link]

4 Usability Testing Tools for Designers on a Budget

Posted 28 hours ago

Have you ever encountered a website with confusing navigation? Been sent down the wrong path by misleading labels? Or needed your best detective skills to find a particular piece of content? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? What can companies do to ensure that users can find what they are looking for on a website? Usability testing allows you to measure the … [Link]

Google Redesigns its Mobile Search

Posted 43 hours ago

Google’s minimal search page has consistently been heralded as a minimalist masterpiece since it first appeared in 1996. It’s been argued by numerous designers—myself included—that it was the perception of Google as a ‘pure’ unadulterated search was more central to Google’s rise and eventual dominance, than the merits of its (in)famous algorithm. So it’s something of a surprise to learn … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Posted 5 months ago

I’m excited to announce that Themify has released another awesome theme – Themify Shoppe. Designed by Liam McKay and coded by Themify team, Shoppe works hand-in-hand with WooCommerce, making it the ultimate multi-purposed eCommerce theme. It features the popular drag and drop Themify Builder that can help you design and build your online store to […] The post Themify Shoppe … [Link]

Best Email Marketing Tips to Increase Engagement & Subscribers

Posted 5 months ago

Email is your post powerful marketing channel when used well. Your visitor’s inbox is a perfect opportunity for you to capture attention, communicate important updates and invite readers back to your site for increased visibility. The stats on email marketing effectiveness say it all – top marketing specialists and service providers tell us that email […] The post Best Email … [Link]

Four Elements of Truly Mobile-Friendly Responsive Menus

Posted 6 months ago

There are hundreds of ways to create responsive navigation, limited only by your creativity and the boundaries of what CSS can accomplish. Good responsive navigation is a little harder – a responsive menu must become a mobile menu, adhering to the needs and rules of touch-driven devices. Mobile design is rapidly changing, and so the […] The post Four Elements … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

Web Typography Fundamentals with Jason Santa Maria

Posted 28 hours ago

In this brand new Skillshare course from award-winning designer, author, and type expert Jason Santa Maria, you will learn what makes a great online typeface, how to know when a font works and other advice for how to design with fonts. This is a perfect class for designers, marketers, and everyone writing on the web! In 9 clear lessons, Jason … [Link]

Free Graphic Design Vector Icon Pack

Posted 3 days ago

Get your hands on these 15 design themed icons, including the pen tool, Venn diagram, Pantone color book, paint brush, eraser, magic wand, scalpel, ruler, spray can, camera and printer. They are available in color and black and white for easily editing, in AI, EPS, PNG and SVG formats. » Download Free Graphic Design Icon Pack (5.5mb) » Download Free … [Link]

Interview with Julie Anixter, Executive Director of AIGA

Posted 5 days ago

Below is an interview with Julie Anixter, Executive Director of AIGA, on the topic of career development, which is the topic of the this year’s annual AIGA Design Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 12-14, 2017. Also see the free Podcast / YouTube interview with Julie and Ram Castillo here. Enjoy! 1. Why is career development so important to AIGA? … [Link]

You The Designer


Posted 12 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 2 years 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 2 years 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

Inkwell: welcome to our universe

Posted 8 days ago

Informal is not an adjective that readily comes to mind in describing anything in the type catalogue of New York foundry, Hoefler & Co. From the highly formal sparkle of Renaissance inspired text romans like Requiem through its humanist sans, Ideal Sans, to the precision and aplomb of the shaded and layered Obsidian, all walk the page with a decidedly … [Link]

Ricardo: A Tale of Two Worlds

Posted 7 weeks ago

David Ricardo (1772–1823) was a versatile man. A stock trader, politician and, most importantly, an economist. He is considered the first of the classical economists, thus symbolizing the transition from mercantilism to capitalism. While his theories are mostly derived from mathematical abstractions, he communicated his ideas in understandable, down-to-earth language. Besides a versatile man, Ricardo is also a versatile typeface … [Link]

The First Cookbook

Posted 8 weeks ago

Recipes are as old as eating and recorded recipes date back to the invention of writing, with the most ancient examples from Mesopotamia, written in Akkadian cuneiform and dating to about 1750 BC. From late Imperial Rome, a collection of recipes from the late fourth or early fifth century, commonly referred to as Apicius, has survived via eighth- and ninth-century … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 22 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 22 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 23 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

Best Online Courses To Teach Yourself Icon Design

Posted 37 hours ago

It’s easier than ever to teach yourself web design using the litany of resources online. Premium courses offer the highest quality and the most in-depth lessons so if you can swing it they’re worth… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

My Top 8 Online Business Tools for Entrepreneurs in 2017

Posted 3 weeks ago

Whether you’re penny pinching or have a decent budget to get the right tools for your business, this list of useful resources will help you balance the demands of running a business without breaking… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Must-Have SaaS Tools For Web Designers

Posted 5 weeks ago

Software as a Service makes most digital work a whole lot easier. You can find web-based systems for editorial calendars, design projects, wireframing tools, and so much more. Web design is also a… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


Inspirational Showcase of UI/UX Design Presentations

Posted 2 hours ago

Taking the time to present your work to clients or to simply display the project in your portfolio can drastically increase its value and really show off the hard work and expertise you’ve put into it. Today’s post showcases a bunch of designers who have produced some wonderful UI/UX design presentations. These inspirational case studies give you a detailed insight … [Link]

20+ Free PSDs to Mockup Your App Interface Designs

Posted 27 hours ago

Today’s roundup is a collection of useful PSD mockup templates specifically created for showing off your app interface designs. We all know that a professional presentation is key when it comes to showing off your designs to your clients. Whether you’re presenting your designs to a client or showcasing your latest work in your portfolio, mocking up the artwork to … [Link]

20 Great Examples of Subtle Motion in Web Design

Posted 40 hours ago

There are many ways in which a web designer can create an engaging website that will keep its viewers connected. Today’s article focuses on subtle motion effects which, when used right have a major impact on a site’s desirability. Designers are using more and more animations to improve their overall design and to increase the website’s appearance. These can surely … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

Marquee Light Bulb Letters for Access All Areas Members

Posted 34 hours ago

Access All Areas members are being treated to a fantastic premium design resource product this week, courtesy of Dealjumbo. This pack of Marquee Light Bulb Letters contains a set of ultra-realistic vintage style bulb signs, comprising of A-Z characters and 0-9 numbers. Each letter comes as a 1000x1000px PNG file with transparent background, so you can easily lay out the … [Link]

Get This Bundle of Professional Quality Artistic Design Tools for $29 (98% off)

Posted 3 days ago

Design bundles like this are the most affordable way to get the best creative tools to use in your projects. As designers we always feel most inspired when working with amazing tools at our fingertips. From gorgeous glitter effects, to vibrant florals and cute illustrations, you’ll find countless hours of fun in this collection! The 98% discount drops the $1717 … [Link]

How To Create a Geometric Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Posted 5 days ago

Abstract geometric patterns are one of my favourite things to create in Adobe Illustrator. There’s an infinite number of results that can be achieved by simply changing up the parameters, shapes or colours used each time. In today’s tutorial I’ll show you a series of techniques you can use to make your own vector geometric pattern. Follow the step by … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Ways To Promote Yourself As A Web Designer

Posted 3 hours ago

Web designers can often find it hard to get their name out there and begin getting clients. Don’t fret! Promotion doesn’t always have to cost money! We compiled a list of ways web designers can promote themselves, and get their name out there. Some of the ways require little to no effort, whilst others require an investment of time. Either … [Link]

10 Reasons Why It SUCKS To Be a Freelancer

Posted 26 hours ago

Previously on WebDesignDev, we posted an article that featured 10 reasons why it rocks to be a freelancer. Today we have laid out the negatives and put on the table 10 reasons why it sucks to be a freelancer. Every job, including freelancing, has its ups and downs. Freelancing has great benefits, rather than the monotone 9 to 5 job, … [Link]

10 Reasons Why It ROCKS To Be a Freelancer

Posted 41 hours ago

Being a freelancer has its ups and downs. Freelancing comes with lots of benefits but also some risks. Today we decided to focus on 10 reasons why it rocks to be a freelancer. If you are seriously considering switching from a day job to freelance, this post is well worth a read. If you can think of any more reasons … [Link]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 9 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Jul 23, 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]

Branding & Graphic Design: OMG Clothes

Posted 36 hours ago

Branding & Graphic Design: OMG Clothes AoiroStudio Jul 21, 2017 A mixture of calligraphy and graphic design for this stunning yellow branding for the clothing brand named: OMG. I am not sure if it's a real brand or not. But I loved the fact they used Geogrotesque Font Family for their brand and the fact that they used a colour … [Link]

Interaction Design & UI/UX: Pay App Concept and Prototype

Posted 36 hours ago

Interaction Design & UI/UX: Pay App Concept and Prototype AoiroStudio Jul 21, 2017 We would like to share a simple and yet great enough interaction design and UI/UX of an Pay App Concept and featuring a prototype using Framer. Designed by Seoul-based Jaewoong You, what's interesting here is the language. Instead of having expressed a standard english, I think what … [Link]


9 High-Paying Graphic Design Careers (And Where to Find Them)

Posted 39 hours ago

What are the highest-paying design jobs? Think your graphic design career's gonna land you on skid row? If so, the variety of high-paying design jobs may surprise you. In fact, design careers can pay anywhere from $35k a year to upwards of $100k. And for a starving artist, that range ain't too shabby. Web Designer – $47k – 48k Graphic … [Link]

The Best Signup Page UX Design Tips For The Web

Posted 4 days ago

Increasing signups on your site is not a straightforward task. You can tinker with form fields, adjust copy, and offer giveaways that can all show varying results. But the best way to improve signups is through a quality signup page. If you can build an experience that people enjoy then you can run split tests to determine which designs convert … [Link]

21 Insanely Helpful Adobe Premiere Tutorials for Beginners

Posted 6 days ago

What is the right Adobe Premiere Tutorial for me? With high-quality, affordable tools, filmmaking is now more accessible than ever before. One of the most powerful tools available is Adobe Premiere. Since Adobe Premiere is used by professionals, it has numerous facets to learn. As an aspiring editor, you may wonder which Premiere skill you should learn first, and which … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 3 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 3 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 3 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]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 11 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 11 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 11 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]


Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 9 months 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 12 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 14 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]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 11 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 11 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 11 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 3 years ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 3 years ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 3 years ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 22 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 22 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 22 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 20 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 20 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 20 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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