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Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Phosfroma – Branding

Posted 47 minutes ago

Phosfroma – Branding abduzeedo Oct 25, 2016 Phosfroma is a branding project shared by Bullseye. The main goal of the project was to help Phosfroma to be recognized as a leader in professional lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor building applications. The end result is a simple and elegant branding with a beautiful system to support it. I have … [Link]

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 3 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Oct 25, 2016 Part of the Daily 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 to … [Link]

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design

Posted 3 hours ago

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design AoiroStudio Oct 25, 2016 Coming back from a short trip to Berlin, you can’t deny how beautiful this city is and how it is full of history and architecture to go through. Something I’ve noticed as well is how proud they are of what’s from and what’s made in Germany. I’ll share a series of pictures … [Link]


Illustrator Brush-Making Tip: Colorization Method

Posted 24 hours ago

Making a custom brush in Illustrator can be easy and frustrating at the same time. No matter which type of brush you create, one of the most important settings to pay attention to is the ‘colorization method.’ If you don’t change the colorization method from the default setting, you won’t be able to customize the colors of your (custom) brush … [Link]

Design Bundles Has Arrived!

Posted 11 weeks ago

Design Bundles is here! The new one stop resource for all of your design element needs. With a huge range of products such as textures, illustrations, graphics and templates to name a few – we can already see how Design Bundles is going to be the next big thing. Launched by the team behind – they have already established … [Link]

Sweet Summer Savings with this July Bundle!

Posted 4 months ago

Another month has just rolled around on the 2016 calendar, and with the start of each new month, I get giddy with excitement to see the new fonts and graphics that have just rolled out. This month, I’m really excited about the July Bundle from TheHungryJPEG. The July Bundle includes 22 beautiful fonts and 26 trendy graphics. There’s such a … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 14 months ago

Web Unleashed is a 2-day conference by FITC that focuses on frontend development. The event will take place in Toronto on September 16th and 17th, 2015. See their schedule and speakers list for more info about the conference. I have one Web Unleashed conference ticket to giveaway. To enter the ticket giveaway, all you need […] [Link]

CSS Fix for iOS vh-unit Bug

Posted 15 months ago

There are many Javascript fixes for the viewport height units bug in iOS 7 (iPhone & iPad), this article will cover how to resolve this bug with CSS. This particular bug affects the rendering of viewport height units, for example: if you try to make a full viewport height container with height:100vh, it will display […] [Link]

NEW: Themify Flow

Posted 17 months ago

Five years ago, I was inspired to start Themify by a vision to build a tool which allows designers (like myself) to build WordPress themes without coding skills. Today, I'm proud to announce that my vision has come true. Say hello to Themify Flow, a free WordPress framework which allows you to build and customize […] [Link]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 8 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 3 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 18 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 19 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 8 weeks 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 3 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 4 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Cinemagraphs in web design

Posted 16 hours ago

If you read any of the countless web design trend reports that came out earlier this year, you likely read about the promise of large, hero-sized cinemagraphs placed prominently on homepages everywhere. So where are they? While a few fashion-forward companies are using them on their websites, the cinemagraph has been largely relegated to showcase round-up articles and reddit pages. … [Link]

Popular design news of the week: October 17, 2016 – October 23, 2016

Posted 44 hours ago

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some … [Link]

Comics of the week #362

Posted 3 days 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] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 13 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 14 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 14 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

How to Design the Perfect Contact Page

Posted 24 hours ago

Contact pages are critically important for websites—the more efficient and user-friendly a contact page, the more opportunities are likely to arise. A good contact page design can even influence… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

7 Rules for Designing Better Analytics Dashboards

Posted 4 days ago

Let’s try a little experiment: What’s your immediate gut reaction when you read the phrase below? “Hey, how’s the website doing?” For many of you, it was probably a groan, accompanied by an… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

How to Become an Irreplaceable Web Designer

Posted 5 days ago

How can you, as a web designer, stand out in a crowded field? If a business is in the market for a new website, why should they choose you to create it for them? To answer these questions and grow… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


20 Awesome Free Chalkboard Fonts

Posted 14 hours ago

If you are into experimenting with new typefaces in your graphic design projects, then you’ll surely like this list of 20 awesome and free chalkboard fonts. These free chalkboard font will let you discover lots of other design possibilities and possibly spark some creative ideas into your mind. Even though these are free chalkboard fonts, they are high-quality and you’ll … [Link]

20 Fresh Illustrator Freebies For Your Collection

Posted 4 days ago

Looking for some fresh Illustrator freebies to add to your collection? We selected some great freebie sets for icons, UI kits, vector elements and more! These Illustrator freebies also come in other popular formats, for easy customization, such as PSD, SVG, PNG and more. Most of these Illustrator freebies are free for both personal and commercial use but make sure … [Link]

11 Useful Tips and Apps for Web Designers

Posted 5 days ago

Care for some productivity tips and management principles before jumping the web apps? You will find the below together with some of the best web apps for designers and design teams. Productivity Tips – Clarify Expected Outcomes. Unclear expectations from your client or team members yield the same results as ambiguous requirements. Make certain that you or your team know … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

30 Freakishly Good Movie Poster Designs for Your Favourite Horror Films

Posted 21 hours ago

The run up to Halloween is the perfect time to absorb some inspiration from horror films! Designers, artists and illustrators love to produce fan art for their favourite movies, and the scary film genre provides plenty of creative avenues for them to explore. In today’s showcase I present 30 freakishly good alternative movie posters and tribute art for a collection … [Link]

10 Premium Vector Textures for Access All Areas Members

Posted 4 days ago

This week, Access All Areas members have a new collection of vector textures to download, courtesy of designer and letterer David Larusso. The pack contains 10 detailed grainy textures that produce a subtle distressed look for your prints, logos, illustrations, typography, and the other beautiful things you create. Use them individually, or layer them to enhance the texturing effects. They … [Link]

The Biggest Textures and Patterns Bundle Ever Released!

Posted 6 days ago

A new textures, patterns and backgrounds bundle has just been released over at Design Cuts, and this one is their biggest ever! It features 45 best selling packs with a total value of over $3000, discounted by a massive 99% to leave the price at just $29. It contains 1000s of versatile tools for designers to make their work feel … [Link]


Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 11 weeks 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 5 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]

5 Photo Editing Tips on Making Flashy Pop Art

Posted 6 months ago

There is no better tool for pop art than a phone. Nothing could be more popular, and have you seen the state of photo editing apps lately? The beauty is that, in a time when art is mass produced by the masses themselves, originality and creativity are alive and well. We speak the same artistic language, but we all have … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 23 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 23 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 23 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]

JUST™ Creative

Design Better and Faster: Top 10 Prototyping Tools for Designers

Posted 41 hours ago

This article was contributed by Elaina Meiser. Creation elevates you to a level above mere human status. It gives you the power to change your world to be exactly what you want it to be, in your own way. That does not, by any means, come fast or easy. Developing anything, be it a website or an application, from a … [Link]

7 Essential Tax Deductions for Freelance Designers

Posted 6 days ago

This article was contributed by Jack Sartory for US tax payers. Let’s face it, the last thing any of us want to think about are taxes. This is especially true for freelance designers, as you have to juggle multiple projects, build your customer networks, and deliver unique work that will exceed your client’s expectations. On top of all these demands, … [Link]

The Gigantic Textures and Patterns Bundle – 99% Off

Posted 7 days ago

Textures & patterns are essential tools for every designer and this gigantic pack from DesignCuts is the most comprehensive collection ever put together. It includes 45 professional grade packs worth $3338 and until October 31, you can get it for just $29 (99% off). These best-selling textures & patterns, range from artistic and grungy, to clean and modern, making them … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Premium and Free Food Mockup Creators

Posted 13 hours ago

Hero images are a must-have graphic trend in web design. These professional, original and beautiful photos can be used in large headers & sliders on your website. Today, we decided to share with you 20 premium and free food mockup creators that can be used for any food and drink business, such as restaurants, catering, food bloggers, and more. These … [Link]

20 Essential WordPress Plugins You Must Have

Posted 4 days ago

Do you want to launch a WordPress website or simply want to take your current site to the next level? Here are 20 essential WordPress plugins you must have! These are top hand-picked WordPress plugins which offer a wide array of essential features, such as security, opt-ins, forms and more. Choose the right plugins for your needs and start using … [Link]

20 Websites For Selling Your eBooks

Posted 5 days ago

Finding a publisher willing to give you a chance can be difficult, especially if you’re at the beginning of your writing career, but don’t worry, there are multiple solutions you can try instead. There are many websites for selling your eBooks on the web. The production process is pretty much the same, but instead of having a hard copy book, … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 9 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 23 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 23 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 23 months ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 13 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 13 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 13 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 11 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 11 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 11 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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