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How to Create Unique Content for Better SEO – 5 Ideas To Use Today

Posted 4 days ago

Is unique content really that important? Do you remember the days when SEO meant using as many keywords as possible within a page without giving a single thought about the quality? Well, those days are gone. Now, Google is focused on leading its users to valuable content that gives relevant answers to their queries. What does that mean for the … [Link]

[Webinar] Recording Now Available: How To Start A Successful Freelance Business

Posted 10 days ago

A few days ago, Brad Hussey and I held a live webinar discussing the ins and outs of running a successful freelance business. You can watch the recorded webinar for free below. Make sure you don’t miss the Freelancing Freedom course discount + bonuses below. → Watch The Free Webinar My Q&A session with 400 people starts at 1h 18m. … [Link]

The Top Rated Mockups Collection – 97% Off

Posted 11 days ago

You guys are really loving these mockup bundles and for good reason, they are the perfect way to show off your work! Inside this all-new bundle is a huge variety of even more top-rated mockups, templates and scene creators to help you get noticed. Check out the Top Rated Mockup Collection from MyDesignDeals ($29) If you’re a freelancer wanting to … [Link]

I Love Typography

TypeParis

Posted 9 days ago

In my experience, life presents a fascinating series of opportunities, decisions and challenges, each of which impact us in different ways. Pushing and pulling us in various directions, and introducing new opportunities, decisions and challenges along the way. Of these experiences, one of the most special was my time at TypeParis. Discovering the program It was March 2015 that I … [Link]

Thesaurus

Posted 8 weeks ago

The concept behind Thesaurus goes back to 2014, when I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in visual communications at the Haute École d’Art et Design, Geneva. My final project, ‘Genèva’, was to be a type family inspired by the city of Geneva itself, an attempt to answer the question ‘If Geneva were a typeface, what would it look like?’ My … [Link]

The Prints and the Pauper

Posted 7 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]

DesignM.ag – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 18 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 19 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 19 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

Marketing: A Comprehensive Strategy for Web Designers

Posted 9 days ago

As a web designer, it’s easy to get lost in the art of creation – after all, conceiving and realizing first-rate websites is what the industry is all about. However, just as important as creating… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best Adobe XD Resource Websites For Freebies & Tutorials

Posted 12 days ago

After the release of Adobe XD there was a flood of interest from designers eager to jump away from Photoshop. This program is specifically made for UI/UX designers who want software for creating… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

How Editing the Photo Content Can Improve Your Website’s Looks

Posted 17 days ago

There’s no arguing that photo content plays a major role in most websites, as far as user experience is concerned. Unless a user is dead set on finding certain information, or purchasing an… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Line25

20 CSS Tutorials for Beginners

Posted 34 hours ago

Today’s article gathers 20 CSS tutorials for beginners that will teach you some neat CSS tricks to improve your design skills. If you want to learn how to create 3D button styles, social link buttons, progress buttons, navigation menus, 3d typography, menus, and more, these CSS tutorials for beginners are just what you were looking for. These tutorials are perfect … [Link]

Showcase: Awesome Design to Code Services for Your Projects

Posted 2 days ago

Many businesses and design agencies have web design/development teams in place. It’s somewhat unusual to find individual members of those teams who fully engage in both activities. Designers prefer doing design work, and developers prefer bringing designs to life. It’s the same with freelancers. Few freelance web designers have the expertise or experience to perform development tasks. Even if they … [Link]

20 Beautiful Fractal Brushes for Photoshop

Posted 4 days ago

Photoshop brushes are indispensable tools that allow you to accurately apply different effects on your designs. Photoshop includes some basic brushes but you can always download and add more, depending on what you are looking for. This article consists of 20 beautiful fractal brushes for Photoshop. These high-quality Photoshop brushes can come in handy when creating abstract designs and bring … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

100 Travel Lightroom Presets for Access All Areas Members

Posted 43 hours ago

Access All Areas members have a huge collection of photo effects for Adobe Lightroom to download today, courtesy of Loaded Landscapes. These Travel Lightroom Presets have been created especially for travel photos, and with a collection of 100 presets at your disposal you will have a great variety of effects and looks that you can create instantly. Save time by … [Link]

Video Tutorial: Surreal Collage Style Artwork in Photoshop

Posted 4 days ago

Today’s we’re going to have loads of fun creating an abstract—and quite surreal—collage style piece of artwork in Adobe Photoshop. This kind of art style has been popular for years, although originally it would have been made using traditional photomontage techniques with photographs, magazine images and newspaper clippings, all cut apart and reassembled using scissors, glue and photocopiers. These days … [Link]

35 Scenic Landscape Illustrations with Vibrant Colors

Posted 6 days ago

Landscape scenes have been a popular subject for illustrators for some time now. They’re often associated with game development art, or just personal experimentations that provide that same wanderlust feeling as exploring the great outdoors for real. Vector illustrations that feature crisp lines and simplified shapes are common styles, whilst others make use of textures and digital painting techniques. Prevalent … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Cool Fonts That Follow The Latest Design Trends

Posted 34 hours ago

It is quite difficult to come across modern, cool fonts that keep up with the latest design trends. That is why we decided to look for the best, cool fonts we could find and gather them in this list. This collection of beautiful fonts with professional designs contains some premium-quality typefaces with serif and sans serif styles. Choose the ones … [Link]

20 PHP Database Code Snippets and Scripts

Posted 2 days ago

If you’re a web developer currently working on a database web project, this article is for you! We gathered here 20 PHP database code snippets & scripts that any developer may use at some point. These can be used to quickly build powerful database-related tables, reports, forms, and even data visualizations. You can use these PHP database code snippets to … [Link]

User Flows | 20 Inspiring Examples

Posted 4 days ago

When building a new website you might want to take into consideration to first create the sitemap. This assures you that your future site is fully functional and user-friendly and has an optimal structure. User flows are important for large sites, and small websites alike, to successfully create various scenarios that your users will encounter while navigating through your website. … [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

Comics of the week #384

Posted 18 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]

A Beginner’s Guide to Designing Conversational Interfaces

Posted 2 days ago

Whether you love them or hate them, conversational interfaces have started making a significant impact in the business/brand communication landscape. Though many businesses have realized that conversational interfaces are likely to cause a major shift in brand communication there are many who are skeptical about CIs. CIs have limitations, but they are here to stay and they will get better … [Link]

eBay Redesigns Its Homepage (Again)

Posted 2 days ago

They say that three time’s the charm. Maybe for eBay, two is all that it will take when it comes to its homepage design. In late 2013, the auction site last attempted a homepage redesign that wasn’t all that user-friendly. While the then-redesign was supposed to surface relevant goods based on the interests and browsing habits of each shopper, the … [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]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 32 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Mar 24, 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]

Architecture: Inside the Offices of VSCO Oakland

Posted 36 hours ago

Architecture: Inside the Offices of VSCO Oakland AoiroStudio Mar 24, 2017 VSCO is an editing app that I use almost every day to enhance workflow with my photography through taking photos, editing, filtering and sharing them. That being said, I am always wondering about the architecture inside the offices will look like, a behind the scenes look to see their … [Link]

Illustration: Hipstory – World Leaders in Hipster Form

Posted 37 hours ago

Illustration: Hipstory – World Leaders in Hipster Form abduzeedo Mar 24, 2017 We couldn't help but smile from ear to ear when we came across the latest illustration work of Amit Shimoni, a young Israeli artist based in Tel Aviv. During his time serving in the military service from 18-21 years of age, Amit started painting abstract art to express … [Link]

BittBox

How to Create a Cartoon Oscar Trophy in Illustrator

Posted 4 weeks ago

How do I create an Oscar trophy in Adobe Illustrator? The recent Academy Awards have made us all familiar with the coveted Oscar trophy, a golden knight holding a crusader’s sword and standing atop a five-spoke film reel. The Oscar statuette is the most recognized trophy in the world, and in this tutorial, we’ll create a stylized Oscar trophy in … [Link]

Best Website Locations to Place Your Brand’s Logo

Posted 11 weeks 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 12 weeks 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]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Posted 5 weeks 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 6 weeks 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 7 weeks 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]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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

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Posted 8 months ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 23 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 24 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]

Inspiredology

Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 5 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 8 months ago

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

Graphic Design Through the Decades: The ’90s

Posted 10 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 16 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 16 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 16 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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