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29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 19 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 20 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 20 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

Build A Gorgeous Photography Portfolio With Squarespace

Posted 6 minutes ago

Launching a photography portfolio site is an absolute necessity to get your work out there. But it’s not a task that everyone wants to deal with. That’s why platforms like Squarespace can be so… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Personal Branding For Designers: How To Sell Yourself & Your Design Work

Posted 7 days ago

Creating awesome design work and letting it sit online isn’t enough to build a name for yourself. To get recognized you have to promote yourself and build a personal brand. This post is for any… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Top 20 Responsive Small Business WordPress Themes

Posted 15 days ago

Every small business needs a great website and responsive design is the future. When you consider that WordPress also powers 25% of the Internet you’ll realize why responsive WordPress themes are the… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


20 Free Dramatic Fonts That Follow The Latest Typography Trends

Posted 3 hours ago

Do you want your website to be up to date with the latest design trends? This article contains an amazing hand-picked collection of free dramatic fonts with modern designs. You can use these amazing typefaces with lots of styles, serifs, sans serifs, various line weights, bolded, italic, regular, with accents, etc. in your print or even digital projects. These beautiful, … [Link]

Demystifying the Hamburger Menu: 20 Hand-Picked Examples

Posted 29 hours ago

Hamburger menus have gained some popularity in the past few months and are currently being used for both websites and mobile apps. Their role is to help you navigate everywhere, in an easy, mobile-friendly manner. Hamburger icons have become a well-known and easily recognizable UI action button. Although they have a familiar three-bar design, their aspect can vary from a … [Link]

20 Best Free Photoshop Actions Designers Should Download

Posted 2 days ago

Photoshop actions are really useful and will definitely help you save time when editing and retouching photos. These come in handy for those monotonous situations when you are dealing with repetitive actions. You can use Photoshop to record specific steps for one of your images and then program it to apply them to the other photos. This is an automatic … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

How To Create a Watercolor Painting Effect in Photoshop

Posted 37 hours ago

Watercolour paintings are a hugely popular art style that can be incorporated into your design projects, but you don’t need to be a master artist to create such imagery when Adobe Photoshop can produce realistic watercolour effects with a cocktail of built-in filters. In today’s tutorial I take you through a range of settings that will convert any photograph into … [Link]

Watercolour Style Floral Patterns for Premium Members

Posted 5 days ago

Access All Areas members have a brilliant collection of vector resources to download this week, courtesy of Freepik. These spring patterns contain a range of watercolour style floral illustrations, ranging from colourful blossom to leafy stems. Each one is made up of 100% vector graphics, meaning they can be scaled to any size for use with everything from business card … [Link]

Video Tutorial: Thor Ragnarok Style Text Effect in Illustrator

Posted 7 days ago

In today’s Adobe Illustrator tutorial we’re going to reproduce the 80s inspired 3D chrome text effect from the title logo of the recent movie trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. We’ll use Illustrator’s simple 3D tool to give the text that three dimensional appearance, then create the shiny chrome look with a series of gradient fills. Dameron Font: Modi Thorsen Font: … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

ClickFunnels Review | Sales Funnel Builder

Posted 6 hours ago

If you’re designing a website from scratch or you are an online marketer, or simply want to create high-converting landing pages, ClickFunnels may be the tool for you. Today, we decided to review ClickFunnels, a tool that allows you to quickly build web pages and smart sales funnels that convert. This is both a website builder and an online marketing … [Link]

VR User Interface Design | 20 Examples That Will Spark Your Imagination

Posted 30 hours ago

Virtual reality is the future. If you’re just as excited about it as we are, then this list of awesome VR UI will surely spark your imagination. This article gathers some excellent examples of VR user interface design which will inspire you. Browse through this collection and choose the designs you like most. Use them as an inspiration to build … [Link]

20 Best Live Chat WordPress Plugins You Can Download

Posted 2 days ago

Live chats are very useful when it comes to interacting with potential customers/users. These are helpful to any business website in order to help your visitors clear any misunderstandings and offer quick support for your services or products. These live chat WordPress plugins can be edited to automatically display a greeting message at the moment somebody enters your website. This … [Link]


How to Create a Cartoon Oscar Trophy in Illustrator

Posted 8 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 3 months 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 4 months 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]

Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

Our New Favorite Tool for Online Design Classes

Posted 12 minutes ago

Our New Favorite Tool for Online Design Classes abduzeedo Apr 25, 2017 Skillshare is an online learning community with over 15,000 classes where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a course. After tapping into this amazing resource for over a month now, I’m happy to say that it is a great resource of practical knowledge from well-known creatives who … [Link]

Online Design Classes: Skillshare Review

Posted 6 hours ago

Online Design Classes: Skillshare Review abduzeedo Apr 25, 2017 Skillshare is an online learning community with over 15,000 classes where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a course. After tapping into this amazing resource for over a month now, I’m happy to say that it is a great resource of practical knowledge from well-known creatives who are big names … [Link]

The Perfect Office – ASUS Laptop Tablet, Dell HDR Display, Sony A9 Camera, Office Ideas and More

Posted 14 hours ago

The Perfect Office – ASUS Laptop Tablet, Dell HDR Display, Sony A9 Camera, Office Ideas and More PauloGabriel Apr 25, 2017 We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every week we'll assemble a perfect office, and we'd like you to help us. What equipment would … [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]

Webdesigner Depot

Browser Watch, April 2017

Posted 9 hours ago

Every month, we scour the Internet far and wide to bring web designers the latest and most relevant news stories about browsers. Here’s another edition of Browser Watch, running down everything from the interesting to the surprising in the world of browsers and everything related to it. Google Chrome Is The Most Hacker-Proof Browser Available In addition to speed and … [Link]

5 Ways Voice UI Turns Your SEO on its Head

Posted 33 hours ago

Once upon a time, the most Siri had to deal with was a few offensive remarks or sexually explicit requests. We probably all did it at least once. But in just a few short years, voice search has exploded to become a serious contender against traditional, text-based search. Microsoft’s Cortana has over 100 million monthly users, 40% of adults talk … [Link]

Popular Design News of the Week: April 17, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Posted 2 days 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]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Themify Shoppe – The Ultimate WooCommerce WordPress Theme

Posted 10 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 11 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 12 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 8 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 8 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 8 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]

JUST™ Creative

5th Bday Bash: 11 Most Popular Bundles of All Time back for 1 Week Only!

Posted 29 hours ago

MyDesignDeals is a popular daily deal resource for designers and for their 5th birthday bash, they have brought back 7 of their most popular bundles of all time – for 1 week only. There are 5 massive font bundles and 5 huge resource bundles available, all for 80-99% off! PLUS you can get a further 10-30% off with their bulk … [Link]

How to Command Higher Fees by Positioning Yourself as an Expert

Posted 37 hours ago

This article was contributed by Ian Vadas. When a client contacts you, one of the first things you do is respond to them with an email asking them about the project, probably by using some kind of client questionnaire. At this early stage, it’s critical to set the right tone, before the prospect has formed an opinion of you and … [Link]

8 Office-Admin Hacks To Streamline Your Business

Posted 7 days ago

This is guest article contributed by AND CO. Save yourself time and effort by implementing these tips for taking care of the administrative side of your freelance business. As a freelancer, you’re the administrator, the administrative assistant, the marketing department, the creative department, the custodian, and—well, you get it. You’re everything, all rolled up into one. Since you’re only paid … [Link]

You The Designer


Posted 9 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

The Evolution of Chromatic Type

Posted 3 weeks ago

Color fonts or chromatic type are not new. The first production types appeared in the 1840s,1 reaching a peak of precision and complexity a few decades later as efficiencies in printing enabled greater creative freedom. In 1874 William H. Page of Greeneville, Connecticut, published his 100-page Specimens of Chromatic Type & Borders2 that still has the power to mesmerize designers … [Link]


Posted 6 weeks 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]


Posted 12 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]


Premium Black Business Cards: A Whole New Echelon

Posted 6 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 9 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 11 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 17 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 17 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 17 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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