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Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 6 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 6 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 6 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]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

Alternative email clients?

Posted 24 hours ago

Any suggestions for a slick alternative to the default Mac Mail email client? For as far back as I can remember I've been a Thunderbird user but now it feels a little too dated and 'Outlooky' for my liking, though it works perfectly to be honest. I gave Foxmail a try a while back, and love the design and functionality, but … [Link]

Looking for sick graphic designers to help with designs on a music label

Posted 2 days ago

Different and interesting designs needed. Previous experience in the music industry would be nice but its not required. We're going to be working on some cool stuff so we need some cool people to work on this. Main designs needed for – website, logo, merchandising mockups etc Get in touch if you can do this :thumb: [Link]

using a 'partnership' to best utilise tax allowance?

Posted 2 days ago

I work full time, I also work freelance. My fiance is a self employed designer. Because of the obvious overlap in skills, we usually end up sharing the workload on most projects. However, because I'm PAYE as well as self employed, I pay tax on everything I earn from freelance whilst my fiance doesn't make anywhere near her personal allowance. This … [Link]

You The Designer

Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 7 weeks 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 7 weeks 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]

Amazing Game Of Thrones Illustrations By Ivan Belikov

Posted 7 weeks ago

GOOD NEWS: Game of Thrones is returning in less than a week. And we need a Game of Thrones themed post to ride the hype train. And luckily, I just found just the graphic designer to feature. Russian illustrator Ivan Belikov was previously featured here with his Social Networks illustrations and now he’s back with his Game of Thrones sigils … [Link]

I Love Typography

Alphabets of Wood

Posted 7 days ago

A Review by David WolskeIn his foreword to the 2010 Liber Apertus Press reissue of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type 1828–1900, David Shields wrote: Forty years on, Kelly’s seminal work remains a giant on whose shoulders we stand. He wrote American Wood Type because it needed to be written and in doing so laid the foundation for a new … [Link]

Type Design Week

Posted 15 days ago

ISIA Urbino Type Design Week 2015with Fred Smeijers and Eric KindelPeriod: July 20–24, 2015Deadline: May 29About the school ISIA Type Design Week is a one week intensive summer course in type design and lettering held at the ISIA – the High Institute for Applied Arts of Urbino. Since 2009 ISIA has been running a graphic summer school organised by Leonardo … [Link]

Making Fonts: SINDELAR

Posted 3 weeks ago

By Stefan Willerstorfer“Finally I found what I have been looking for – this typeface suits the specific requirements of my project: balanced proportions, space saving and very legible in small sizes. Just the color is a bit too light – if I could only switch to a slightly darker grade …” Many of us have experienced a situation like this. … [Link] – Web Design & Development

Ads Pro – A WordPress Ad Manager Plugin Worth Considering

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWhat Ads Pro can do for YouAds Pro is a WordPress plugin web publishers and blog owners can use to create, purchase, manage, and sell advertising. Its responsive templates enable users to create a wide range of ad types and spaces.Ads Pro automates the process of buying ads through the use of a front end order form, … [Link]

Here are the Best Tools and Resources of 2015

Posted 8 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThere’s little doubt that the Internet has become a big part of our lives. We have grown accustomed to finding most of the information we need online and spend a fair amount of our time browsing various websites. Due to these facts, web development, as well as graphic and web design are currently booming industries with numerous … [Link]

Freebie PSD: iOS 8 Fashion Store iPhone App UI

Posted 14 days ago

Advertise here with BSAMobile apps have become a profitable area for modern interface designers. Apple’s iPhone 6 has certainly built a reputation for quality apps, dense pixels, and beautiful design aesthetics. Following Apple’s iOS 8 guidelines I’ve released this DesignMag exclusive freebie PSD featuring an iPhone 6 clothing store app UI.Mobile app freebies are the perfect resources for learning about … [Link]

Vandelay Design

55+ Outstanding WordPress Developer Tools & Resources for Developing Themes and Plugins

Posted 3 days ago

WordPress is the most popular content management system, and there are countless designers and developers that are making a living working with WordPress. WordPress's popularity provides plenty of… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tips

Posted 3 days ago

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an awesome tool for photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. One of the biggest benefits to using Lightroom is its ability to help you to organize and manage your… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

5 Brilliant Minimal Design Websites with Webydo

Posted 4 days ago

In the very beginning when Internet and websites were only taking off, the web was saturated with widgets, gadgets and other colorful distractions. As the industry progressed and technology evolved,… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 6 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 6 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 6 months ago

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JUST™ Creative

Free Hand-Picked Resources for Designers and Developers – May Edition

Posted 26 hours ago

Hey, people! We hope you’re having a nice day, because it’s about to get better. We’ve been looking far and wide for some of the best new resources the ever-changing communities of the Internet have to offer, and we’ve stumbled upon a great amount of goodies that we will share right here, right now. Prepare for amazing design and web … [Link]

18 Insider Web Design Tricks to Simplify Your Process & Workflow

Posted 4 days ago

Over time, every web designer collects their own stash of tricks to make work easier – hacks, workflows and insider information that only experience teaches. This article is a collection of some of these well-guarded secrets as shared by the industry’s top gurus – quite the collection for a young web designer trying to speed up workflows and improve design. … [Link]

7 Online Business Ideas You Can Start and Run from Home

Posted 10 days ago

This article has been contributed by Ravinder. One of the best ways to start your own business these days is to do it online. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars and sleepless nights to setup an online business. It can be up and running sooner than you think and for a fraction of a cost! Starting a business … [Link]


Line25 Sites of the Week for May 29th 2015

Posted 11 hours 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 QED Group, Feedmusic, ThinkBlink, Nathan Riley and Achoo. QED Group View the website Feedmusic View the website ThinkBlink View the website Nathan Riley View the website Achoo View … [Link]

Introducing Webdesigner News

Posted 2 days ago

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers. You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web. … [Link]

40 Imposing Web Designs with SUPERSIZE Typography

Posted 4 days ago

Today’s web design showcase is for everyone who likes to go large with their fonts. These extroverted websites aren’t reserved with their words, they display their message with the text size cranked up to the max! This supersize typography cleverly plays two roles; it introduces the site with an attention grabbing title, while also forming part of the overall website … [Link]


Quick Tip: Metadata Editing in Adobe Bridge

Posted 30 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAIf you’re a photographer or a creative artist who uses a lot of digital resources, Adobe Bridge is something you should learn. It’s like a much more powerful version of Explorer where you can browse files, organize collections, and edit metadata for project work. Bridge can be opened directly through Photoshop which allows you to import files quickly. … [Link]

The Difference Between Layer Masks & Clipping Masks in Photoshop

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAAdobe Photoshop is one of the more complicated programs because it can be used for a wide array of purposes. But once you nail down the fundamental tools it becomes a lot easier to envision how you might create certain effects in future work. layer clipping mask featured One of the confusing ideas that often trips new users is the difference between … [Link]

40 Material Design Android Apps for Clean User Interfaces

Posted 8 days ago

Advertise here with BSAGoogle’s material design has become a language unto itself. Both mobile and web designers are swooning over the simplicity of Google’s systematic foundation for textures, animations, and icon styles. Material design is here to stay and only seems to be growing in popularity. If you want to design apps for Android then material design is a great place … [Link]


Brown Paper Texture Pack Vol 2 for Premium Members

Posted 10 hours ago

Last month, Simon Birky Hartmann kindly donated volume 1 of his Ultimate Brown Paper Texture Pack for Access All Areas members to download. From today, members can now enjoy a whole new set of 15 super high resolution texture files of brown paper bags with varying degrees of grain, creases and folds to give your designs a craft inspired vibe. … [Link]

Video Tutorial: Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

Posted 2 days ago

In today’s video tutorial we’re going to play around in Photoshop to create a cool Double Exposure effect, which is originally a Photography technique using nothing but cameras to blend two separate images together by exposing the film twice in two completely different photos. The style of this effect has also become popular with digital artists, who can use Photoshop … [Link]

8 Free Stipple Shading Brushes for Adobe Illustrator

Posted 4 days ago

I’ve been admiring some beautiful illustrations and examining the techniques the artists use to add details to their work. One popular shading method I’ve noticed is particularly prominent in apparel design and illustrations with a retro vibe is the use of stippling, where fine vector textures are added to build up tones and shade in areas of darkness. After seeing … [Link]

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20 All-Time Best Tumblr Templates for Beautiful Blogs

Posted 2 days ago

Tumblr is a very popular blogging platform, ideal to be used as a portfolio or photo gallery. Because it is very flexible and very easy to use, it is used by millions of people worldwide! There are so many Tumblr themes on the web, but if you’re looking for some really populr Tumblr themes, you should check out these all-time … [Link]

300+ Incredible Hand-Drawn Vector Freebies for Designers

Posted 3 days ago

Check out these 300+ incredible hand-drawn vector freebies which are great for graphic and web designers alike because they are high resolution, fully detailed and purely awesome! Most of these incredible vector freebies are hand-drawn and have some really awesome details. Whether you’re looking for black and white hand-drawn vector freebies or colored vectors, these bundle has got you covered! … [Link]

20 Useful Misc Design Freebies for Graphic and Web Designers

Posted 4 days ago

This is one freebies roundup you don’t want to miss! Check out these 20 useful misc design freebies for graphic and web designers and download the ones you like most! This roundup contains various types of freebies, such as icons, frameworks, preloaders, templates, hi-res free stock photos, grid systems, vectors, insignias, logo templates, action sets, badges, and many more! In … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

Landing Pages Inspiration

Posted 13 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 4 months 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 8 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]


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

Posted 15 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 15 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 15 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 #2088

Posted 8 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]

Rooms Project by Scott Teplin

Posted 23 hours ago

Surfing the web I came to find a super awesome artist that comes up with rooms. Yes, rooms, of all sorts, that seem to be born out of Waldo's world. Scott Teplin, an American illustrator, is the talented person behind this awesome project. Check out some of his rooms below. He's got a pretty dope style, and he's got another series … [Link]

Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain

Posted 27 hours ago

Peter Strain is an illustrator highly inspired by film and music as well as social, political and cultural issues. Peter tackles these with a highly distinctive hand lettering style, bold imagery and humour. Check them out! For more from Peter Strain visit Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter Strain Typographic Portraits by Peter StrainTags: typographicportraitspaul0v2's blog [Link]

Six Revisions

Readability Tools That Will Help Improve Your Site’s Content

Posted 5 hours ago

Readability is all about creating user-friendly content. When your content is readable, it’s easier to consume.If usability and UX is important, then readability should be a top priority. User-friendly content might even improve your search rankings. Readability is governed by two components. Writing Style Writing in a concise, straightforward way helps users consume your content faster. Using simple words will … [Link]

How CSS Specificity Works

Posted 2 days ago


Innovating on the Pull-To-Refresh Gesture

Posted 4 days ago

The pull-to-refresh interaction design pattern has become a staple in mobile apps. It allows users to check and see if there’s new content available, and to refresh the screen if there is. The pull-to-refresh interaction is found in apps that need to constantly push out new content to its users. Here’s the pull-to-refresh interaction in the Twitter app: Pull-to-refresh interaction on Twitter app. Instagram also … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

Designing Icons for Detailed Product Features

Posted 14 hours ago

Homepage layouts from startups to agencies have adopted the common technique of feature descriptions. These are often little boxes or sections on the page which go into detail about a company’s services or product. But as most people know, block of text can be rather monotonous. Thus designers have started to incorporate icons beside each major feature. This way visitors can … [Link]

Here are the Best Tools and Resources of 2015

Posted 23 hours ago

It’s not always easy to find the best tools and resources for your work as a web developer or graphic designer, mostly because there are so many out there to choose from. This is why we’ve taken the time to look for the most useful tools and resources to help you in your work and/or offer your clients a wider array … [Link]

5 Ways to Cut Website Costs Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted 2 days ago

By: Webydo If you are a new company that is just getting started, once of the investments you will need to make early on is a website. How much you should budget for that website is a tricky thing, however. Depending on your needs, a website can cost anywhere from free to millions of dollars. While you probably cannot afford that … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Leroy Merlin: Flipping Her Off

Posted 3 days ago

“Don’t be freaked out; just place the pen in her flipper hand and she’ll do the rest.” Thanks for sending this in, Rodrigo! You can see this disaster in action right here. The post Leroy Merlin: Flipping Her Off appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

This Just In: North Korea Is Still Terrible At Photoshop

Posted 8 days ago

In an attempt to prove that they’ve achieved the capability to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine, North Korea shared this photo. Unfortunately for North Korea, the photo just proves that they still have some work to do when it comes to creating convincing images in Photoshop. Remember this mess? Or this one? H/T The Telegraph UK. The post … [Link]

Be Fit Club: Put Your Best Face Forward

Posted 10 days ago

Why take a picture of a woman actually leading a class when you can just slap her face on a stock photo? Found here. Thanks for sending it in, Borja! The post Be Fit Club: Put Your Best Face Forward appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Webdesigner Depot

50+ incredible freebies for web designers, May 2015

Posted 6 hours ago

We’re constantly amazed at the generosity of designers and developers who release exciting, inspiring products out to the web design community on a daily basis. Not only do these impressive designers speed up our work with more free resources than we can use, but they drive us on to more and more ambitious work of our own. Every month we … [Link]

6 pro secrets for portfolio headlines that convert

Posted 30 hours ago

I’ve noticed something: the best designers are often the worst salesmen. But if you work hard to refine your craft, to become the best designer you can, to send ripples through the world from the experiences your designs create… You owe it to yourself, and to the world, to learn how to sell. That way you can reach more people. … [Link]

Hotjar offers free analytics for everyone

Posted 2 days ago

Last month Hotjar exited its beta-phase and finally became available for anyone to check out. Hotjar is an advanced analytics suite that enables designers to examine user behavior and amend our designs accordingly. Hotjar has been in beta since August last year, and during that time 20,000 beta testers have put the suite through its paces, helping the team refine … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

A Guide To Conducting A Mobile UX Diagnostic

Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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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