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Landing Pages Inspiration

Posted 4 weeks ago

While I was working with the Themify team on the Landing theme, we looked at over a hundred landing pages for inspiration. We reviewed how people designed their landing pages, laid out key information of their content, and designed their call to action box – these are important factors when designing a converting landing page. […] [Link]

7 Web Design Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted 9 weeks ago

As technology changes, so do user habits, and as user habits change, so does web design. Curious what web design trends we'll see in 2015? We see that responsive design is an essential of modern web. Web sites are more interactive with cool navigation and rich media content. Read on to see what to keep […] [Link] Theme Released

Posted 6 months 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Could Adobe kill your desktop?

Posted 24 hours ago

Designers who use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator regularly, know that they can’t get out of using it on their desktops. This means hour after hour of sitting at their workstations, especially if a big project is due, and deadlines can’t be extended. But sitting for too long isn’t good for your health. Further, designing in front of a desktop is … [Link]

Could you really be a UX designer?

Posted 2 days ago

So you think you are a user experience designer? Are you sure? You might have it in your job title, but are you somebody who designs experiences for users? Or do you design user interfaces? UX vs. UI Some argue that you cannot design a user’s experience. After all there are so many things beyond your control that you cannot … [Link]

Our favorite tweets of the week: March 23, 2015 – March 29, 2015

Posted 3 days ago

Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we … [Link]


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

Posted 13 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 13 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 14 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]

Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Daily Inspiration #2039

Posted 15 hours ago

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want to participate and share your graphic design inspiration, You can submit your images and inspiration to RAWZ via and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to AoiroStudio … [Link]

Tokyo by Night by Masashi Wakui

Posted 21 hours ago

The city of Tokyo, Japan is one the most wanted places to visit in the World. I haven't had the chance to go visit yet and the series Tokyo at Night by Masashi Wakui surely doesn't help as well. But his street photography of the eerie alleys of nocturnal Tokyo does captivate the beauty of its neon and vibrant colour palette. … [Link]

Mesmerizing Artworks by Noah Bradley

Posted 22 hours ago

Nothing better than checking an amazing set of artworks by a very talented person, like Kiwi artist Noah Bradley. He comes up with some very detailed pieces, very stylish and tasteful. Check it out below! Here you can see some of Noah's fantastic artworks. How great are these? I would say: pretty great. But of course these are a only a … [Link]

Six Revisions

A Modern Approach to Improving Website Speed

Posted 46 hours ago

Have you ever had the experience of going to a site and patiently waiting forever for it to load? Probably not, because no one waits forever for a site to load. We just close the browser tab and move on. Time matters. When it comes to getting the user’s attention, we only have a very brief window of opportunity. According … [Link]

Disable Text Selection with CSS

Posted 5 days ago

There might be some instances where preventing certain parts of your web page from being selected could be beneficial. In these cases, you could try using the user-select CSS property. Example Here’s a style rule for a class named disable-selection that, when applied to an HTML element, will prevent people from being able to select the element: .disable-selection { -moz-user-select: … [Link]

Introduction to CSS Variables

Posted 6 days ago

This guide talks about a subject matter that’s not yet supported in most browsers. See the browser support section for more information. CSS variables give us many of the same advantages that classic variables offer up to programming languages: convenience, code-reusability, a more readable codebase, and improved mistake-proofing. Example :root { –base-font-size: 16px; –link-color: #6495ed; } p { font-size: var( … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Amazon OttLite Table Lamp: Little Problem With The Legs

Posted 47 hours ago

Don’t you just hate it when you’re just sitting there reading, and your legs slip into a different dimension? Stupid wormholes! It’s either that, or she’s covering her legs with an invisibility cloak ala Harry Potter. Found here. Thanks for sending it in, Rob! The post Amazon OttLite Table Lamp: Little Problem With The Legs appeared first on PSD : … [Link]


Posted 3 days ago

Back in my day, fonts cost a half-penny and Comic Sans wasn’t a thing. Relive that magic with this week’s Mighty Deal: 10 Professional Vintage Typefaces for 90% off. Some examples are below: The versatile fonts offer a wide variety of styles and applications – in addition to almost $150 in savings. Like all Mighty Deals, this is a temporary … [Link]

Photoshop Round-Up: Links We Love

Posted 4 days ago

Here’s a look at what’s been happening in Photoshop and pop culture around the web. Yeah sure, Lindsay Lohan. It’s your feet that you edited in this picture. [TMZ] Kim Zolciak was also busted Photoshopping her Instagram picture, if anyone cares. [She Knows] 20 Very Funny April Fool’s Day Pranks. [Web Humor] 5 Reasons We’re In The Middle of A … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 4 months 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 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]

DesignCrowd are having a MASSIVE DESIGN SALE – June Only

Posted 4 months 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]

Web Design Ledger

10 Highly Useful WordPress Plugins for Photographers

Posted 34 hours ago

When it comes to running your photography website on WordPress, there are tons of plugins you can add to do just about anything you want with your site. However, with over 36 000 WordPress plugins in circulation, choosing the right ones can be a painful task, especially if you’re not that tech-savvy. That’s where today’s post will come in handy. Below … [Link]

Tips for Structuring an Organized Stylesheet

Posted 7 days ago

Web development is certainly a growing field with more and more people getting interested in the topic every year. Frontend development is specifically an excellent place to start, especially for designers who only have knowledge of programs like Illustrator or Photoshop. Improving your skillset beyond just design into HTML/CSS is one of the best decisions you could ever make. But there … [Link]

Top Web Design Trends for 2015

Posted 13 days ago

There’s no clear-cut scientific formula to great design because it’s undoubtedly considered more of an art than a science. Strangely there are many recognizable patterns which seem to reappear time and again. These might be called popular design techniques but from an industry perspective many people refer to them as design trends. This post delves into the most fascinating design trends … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Will this put us out of work?

Posted 36 hours ago

Hello guys, this is my first post on the forum :)…i'm doing my BA in Graphic Design and was wondering if stuff like this will put us graphic designers out of work, or it is up to us to take these upcoming technologies and utilise it into our workflow? Thank you for replying to my first ever post in advanced … [Link]


Posted 44 hours ago

Just joined the forum, a hello to everyone. Been doing some design work as a side line, but want to focus more time. Will be nice to get opinion on certain aspects of design, and also to generally chat about graphic design. [Link]

Freelancing too early?

Posted 44 hours ago

Hello all, I'm an aspiring motion graphic designer yet to start my first full-time job in the field, though I work closely with designers at work, helping out on occasion. My intention was to work my way into the design department over time, as and when the opportunity arose, and progress my career from there. This has now changed as my … [Link]

You The Designer

FREEBIES: 10 Free One-Year Adobe Creative Cloud Prepaid Plans

Posted 7 hours ago

As designers, we know how essential Adobe’s applications are in everything that we do. From photo manipulation and editing to web design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects are a designer’s choice of weapons in their arsenal. Photo Credit: Adobe Blogs And we’re giving you just that. In partnership with Adobe USA, we’re giving you 10 Adobe Creative Cloud Prepaid Plan … [Link]

This Is Your Brain On Drugs—Minimalist Posters by Meaghan Li

Posted 29 hours ago

Despite all the bad effects of drugs both physically and emotionally, there’s no question about the visual stimulation it can give to a user. Something graphic designer Meaghan Li tried to depict in her side project This Is Your Brain On Drugs. The title is reminiscent of two ad campaigns of the same name by the Partnership for a Drug-Free … [Link]

Design Exercises To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Posted 4 days ago

The creative mind is like the human body. Creativity by Alex Norris Creativity is something that should be trained everyday, or else it would get out of shape. Thus, doing some creativity exercises would ensure that your brain remains sharp enough for you to do your projects effectively. Aside from that, it’s inevitable that you will run into a creative … [Link]

I Love Typography

The First Printers’ Mark

Posted 10 days ago

The very first printers’ mark or printers’ device dates back almost to the very beginning of Western typography. In Mainz, Fust and Schoeffer, employed a printers’ mark in a Bible that they published in 1462. There is an earlier example in their Mainz Psalter of 1457, though many now believe that it was perhaps stamped […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

This Month in Typography

Posted 3 weeks ago

Welcome to this month’s roundup of type-related info and entertainment. Today, we fish type out of the Thames, explore printed dance notation, get ready for an intensive type design program in Paris, light a book-scented candle, look into a mid-century ad man’s desk book, gaze adoringly at typographic embroidery, pay tribute to Aldus Manutius, watch […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link]

Climbing Everest

Posted 5 weeks ago

“Designing Zapfino Arabic takes everything I ever learned about type design and then some… Have never, ever, worked on anything this challenging.” — Facebook status: Oct. 24, 2013 Designing an Arabic companion to the Zapfino typeface was a running joke with my Monotype colleagues, one that I would react to half in amusement and half […] Sponsored by Hoefler & … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Tips & Resources for Enhanced Checkout Forms

Posted 10 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAeCommerce websites are some of the most complicated and time-intensive projects. Each design requires many page styles like the products listing, single product page, user profile, and naturally the shopping cart. Adding onto the project is a concern of security, and just building a single eCommerce site can be quite draining and very stressful. But when you … [Link]

Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Instant Messaging Chat iPhone App UI

Posted 9 days ago

Advertise here with BSADo you love building mobile apps and working with pretty pixels? Are you an Apple fan who also enjoys free design resources? Assuming you answered yes to these rhetorical questions, you’re gonna love this new freebie released exclusively on DesignMag. This free iOS 8 IM/Chat Application follows the iPhone 6 screen dimensions and design guidelines. The PSD … [Link]

Introduction to Grid-Based Typography in Web Design

Posted 16 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWhat do math teachers and city planners have in common aside from indispensable yet low-compensating jobs? A love for grids, of course! This is one of those special topics that seems really important because it is really important but still doesn’t get enough attention. It’s on par with balancing a checkbook and learning to properly mimic funny … [Link]

Vandelay Design

Merging Responsive Web Design Ideas for Desktop & Mobile

Posted 31 hours ago

Web designers have taken on many more roles in just the past few years. It's now quite common to find designers who also specialize in frontend development, UX design, and even some backend… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Team Communication Starts with HipChat (Sponsored)

Posted 2 days ago

For much too long, email has been the main medium for communication at work. While email isn’t going away, team communication platforms like HipChat are allowing for more collaborative and productive… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

When You Should Design Against Client Expectations

Posted 6 days ago

The age-old battle between designers and their clients rages on. Your client expects a certain type of design from you. They give you examples of what they want. Then they share their goal for this… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


Showcasing UI Interaction Design with Animated GIFs

Posted 2 days ago

The humble animated GIF has become a popular tool for designers to share their UI designs. How a web or app interface works is just as important as how it looks, and the animated GIF—while it lacks refinement and quality—is the most accessible file format that can be easily viewed directly in the browser, making it perfect for sharing on … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for March 27th 2015

Posted 5 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 Fhoke, Bell Brothers, Alfoart, Leap and Italic Studio. Fhoke View the website Bell Brothers View the website Alfoart View the website Leap View the website Italic Studio View … [Link]

Web Design Trend Showcase: Centrally Divided Layouts

Posted 9 days ago

I originally documented the trend of vertical split layouts back in 2013 when I noticed some new web designs being divided vertically into two halves to display separate areas of content. I wondered if this trend would become more common, and surely enough, we continue to see cool web designs with centrally divided layouts in 2015. Check out this updated … [Link]


How To Prepare Your Artwork for Special Print Effects

Posted 2 days ago

It’s every print designer’s dream to work on a project that involves special print effects. Varnishes, fluorescents, foils and embossing are just some examples of cool finishes that can be applied by industrial printing companies, but the added cost makes these projects quite a rarity. If you’re lucky enough to have an adventurous client, or you’re feeling flush and want … [Link]

The Atomic Age Print Kit for Access All Areas Members

Posted 5 days ago

Today is a great day to be an Access All Areas member! Dustin Lee from RetroSupply has kindly donated the popular Atomic Age Print Kit for members to download. It’s a powerful PSD that allows you to create authentic halftone and textured ink overlays with one click! What’s more, this comprehensive pack comes with 2 bonuses; The Atomic Age Refill … [Link]

Video Tutorial: Painted Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

Posted 7 days ago

In today’s video tutorial I explain how to create a realistic painted watercolor effect in Photoshop. We’ll use a variety of filters to replicate the mottled appearance of real life watercolour paintings. This technique works particularly well with landscape images, which are also a popular subject for real life watercolour paintings. If you want to save some time, check out … [Link]

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20 Must-Have Illustrator Add-ons for Designers

Posted 24 hours ago

Are you an illustrator or a graphic designer, or you just like playing with vectors in Adobe Illustrator? If you fit in any of those categories, then you’ll definitely need to take a look at these 20 must-have Illustrator Add-ons for designers. These must-have Illustrator add-ons will help you save a lot of time when designing. You can sketch logos/portraits/drawings, … [Link]

20 Beautiful Premium Templates for Magazines

Posted 47 hours ago

Do you want to create a digital or print magazine? These beautiful premium templates for magazines will surely help you a lot! These magazines templates were made in Photoshop and some in Adobe Indesign. Some of them are even optimized for digital exporting, this means that you may transform them into highly interactive digital magazines and even iPhone and Android … [Link]

49 HD Free Triangle Backgrounds

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for some awesome HD free backgrounds which follow the latest design trends? Here they are! These HD free triangle backgrounds will surely help you a lot in lots of types of projects, from website design to print and logo design! There are many types of popular backgrounds these days. If you want to download the best free high quality … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 4 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 4 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 4 months ago

Inky. [Link]

JUST™ Creative

5 Top Photo Apps for the iPhone 6

Posted 41 hours ago

It’s well known that Apple’s iPhone 6 boasts some pretty impressive specs. A 5.5-inch Retina HD display on the top model, an A8 64-bit processing chip, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera make the device one of the most powerful smartphone cameras ever to hit the market. But how do you get the best photos out of this nifty bit of … [Link]

Homeless & Happy

Posted 5 days ago

Back in 2009, I was offered a job via Twitter for a design agency in New York City. I accepted the offer, packed up my bags and took the 24 hour flight from Sydney to NYC and have been living life there ever since. However, the time has come for me to leave NYC and pursue something that has always … [Link]

Six FREE Icon Packs + More of my Favorite Icons

Posted 14 days ago

I’ve collected my fair share of icons over the years and there are new free & premium icons coming out everyday thanks to the awesome design community. Today, I wanted to feature IconsMinds who have six free icon packs available for download below and a total of 2,086 icons in 53 different categories on their website, all designed pixel perfect … [Link]


Basic Shape Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop CS6

Posted 5 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAdobe Photoshop has come a long way since it was originally released in 1990. While Adobe has put out their latest “monthly subscription” suite of Creative Cloud, many designers choose to stick with the last iteration of CS6. The CS6 pack is still incredibly powerful and there’s not much of a difference from CS6 to CC. However going … [Link]

30 Free Premium WordPress Themes

Posted 6 days ago

Advertise here with BSA30 Free and premium WordPress themes will give you a professional Website in minutes if you are a looking for a , real estate or photographer website. It possible to get your site up quicker than you think with these Free Premium Themes. Why do you need them? It`s obvious. For example, you have to create a website … [Link]

30 Flat Analytics Dashboard Charts & Graphs for Website UI Design

Posted 8 days ago

Advertise here with BSAOnline dashboards like Google Analytics are some of the most advanced modern web applications to date. They pull data related to stats, sales numbers, or conversion rates and display this information in sortable charts. Each dashboard has a set of personal needs which can be met through expertise in web design. The following examples are perfect for any … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

A Guide To Conducting A Mobile UX Diagnostic

Posted 5 months ago

Today’s mobile users have increasing expectations, they are intolerant of faults in their mobile experiences1, and they complain about bad mobile experiences on social media and through word of mouth. How do you make sure that your mobile experience meets or exceeds users’ expectations? One quick way to identify potential problems is to conduct a user experience diagnostic, by having … [Link]

Styling And Animating SVGs With CSS

Posted 5 months ago

CSS can be used to style and animate scalable vector graphics, much like it is used to style and animate HTML elements. In this article, which is a modified transcript of a talk I recently gave1 at CSSconf EU2 and From the Front3, I’ll go over the prerequisites and techniques for working with CSS in SVG. I’ll also go over … [Link]

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: November 2014

Posted 5 months ago

We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for almost seven … [Link]


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