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Abduzeedo – Design Inspiration and Tutorials

"I love fur" iOS Game Design

Posted 8 hours ago

"I love fur" iOS Game Design abduzeedo Aug 29, 2016 I have been a fan of Nina Geometrieva for quite a long time. We featured some of her projects here in the past, mostly illustrations like the "What Space Really Looks Like" or "Expired Shapes". However she has been focusing more on UX/UI projects. The cool thing is that she … [Link]

Clearly UX/UI

Posted 9 hours ago

Clearly UX/UI abduzeedo Aug 29, 2016 There are some industries that really shine when it comes to web. The way they showcase their products and important user flows are super well crafted. I remember seeing the Warby Parker site and their purchase flow and I was blown away. I wished booking a fly was that cool. The cool thing about … [Link]

Daily Design Inspiration

Posted 19 hours ago

Daily Design Inspiration AoiroStudio Aug 28, 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]

Six Revisions

How to Learn Angular

Posted 34 hours 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 5 days 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 days 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 6 weeks ago

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Selfie Fables — Disney Alternative Art Illustrations by Simona Bonafini

Posted 17 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 17 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

Making Fonts: Proza Libre

Posted 7 weeks 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 11 weeks 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]

The First Roman Fonts

Posted 3 months ago

The Renaissance affected change in every sphere of life, but perhaps one of its most enduring legacies are the letterforms it bequeathed to us. But their heritage reaches far beyond the Italian Renaissance to antiquity. In ancient Rome, the Republican and Imperial capitals were joined by rustic capitals, square capitals (Imperial Roman capitals written with a brush), uncials, and half-uncials, … [Link] – Web Design & Development

29 Best Video Tutorials for Learning InDesign

Posted 12 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 12 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 12 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

Radical 80s Resources To Make Your Designs Tubular

Posted 8 hours ago

It’s official; we’re proud of the 80s again. Time to find the old cassettes, load up on John Hughes movies, and finally dust off that picture of your mom’s mullet. With a resurgence in… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

Best Website Creators To Cut Your Design Time in Half

Posted 3 days ago

Whether you’re a small-time blogger or the mastermind behind a multi-billion dollar agency, building a quality website is crucial to your success. With 16% of the world’s population owning a website,… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]

One of These 7 Top eCommerce Themes is Just Right for You

Posted 4 days ago

Picking the right theme for building an eCommerce website is obviously important. Fortunately for you, it’s impossible to make a poor choice if you pick one of the top eCommerce themes described… Click through to read the rest of the story on the Vandelay Design Blog. [Link]


40 WordPress Themes for Photo Galleries

Posted 3 days ago

Be it a fashion blog, a travel journal, a lifestyle blog, a photography portfolio or anything else, these 40 WordPress themes for photo galleries will surely be a good fit for your visual-focused online project. These great themes have a strong accent on images, but without neglecting typography, readability and user-friendliness. These themes are a great match for any creative … [Link]

How to Use Icons in Web Design | 20 Examples

Posted 4 days ago

Icons are very versatile and they can be used in different parts of a website, from headers and menus to lists and content. Because they have a condensed size and increased versatility, they have been used more and more to transmit information in an effective manner. Icons are usually small pictures or symbols that intuitively show the content of your … [Link]

20 Website Designs with an Aged / Vintage / Retro Style

Posted 5 days ago

In web design, an aged style describes an outdated and/or old-fashioned design style. It can be associated with the vintage and retro styles. A website design with an aged style adds a dynamic, functional, fun feel to a website. It can even look modern if used properly. This trend can be seen on all kinds of sites, from online shops … [Link]

Spoon Graphics

16 Free Geometric Pattern Shapes in AI, EPS & PNG Format

Posted 5 hours ago

I’ve been busy crafting a series of geometric pattern shapes for my latest free resource giveaway. These vectors are made of an array of circles, triangles and polygons that are neatly laid out into symmetrical compositions. They’re fun elements to work with when creating posters, album art or wallpaper, just like the artwork I created in my recent geometric collage … [Link]

24 Modern Marble Ink Textures for Access All Areas Members

Posted 3 days ago

Access All Areas members have a new set of textures to download this week, courtesy of Fox & Bear. This collection of Modern Marble Ink Textures features 24 high resolution macro photographs of the effect created by coloured dye when dropped into water and creamer. The result is a beautiful display of gradients and colours, which form interesting backgrounds and … [Link]

Save Time, Work Smarter & Get More Clients with this Designer’s Toolkit

Posted 5 days ago

This fresh new bundle from Design Cuts has been designed specifically for designers who want to kick start their freelance career. It’s an essential starter kit that will equip you with the knowledge of how to run a successful design business, including advice on project contracts, pricing your services, and finding clients, along with a healthy collection of premium quality … [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

Exclusive DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code

Posted 21 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 21 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 21 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]

Webdesigner Depot

Essential design trends, August 2016

Posted 59 minutes ago

Color and layers. This pair of design elements has been the driving force behind many of the year’s trends. While we haven’t seen anything take over, like flat design a few years ago or more recently Material Design, elements of both styles are pushing designers to explore new things. Both color choices and layering seem to have roots in those … [Link]

Popular design news of the week: August 22, 2016 – August 28, 2016

Posted 28 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 #354

Posted 2 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]

JUST™ Creative

How to Use Personalization in Email to Maximize Results + What To Expect in 2016/17.

Posted 4 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Kristina Bio. Personalization is huge in email marketing especially for e-commerce, where it is often the difference between a click or nothing at all. Here’s a look at where we have been & what to expect in 2016/17 for email personalization. What is the first thing that comes to your mind once you hear … [Link]

Last Chance: Enroll in Freelancing Freedom (+ Special Offer)

Posted 8 hours ago

A few days ago I let you know about the Freelancing Freedom Course by Brad Hussey and there’s been an amazing response thus far. It looks like many of you are wanting to get away from that 9-5 job and be your own boss (and with good reason). I’ve personally been living that freelancer lifestyle since April 2015, and have … [Link]

ALL Udemy Courses on Sale for $10

Posted 2 days ago

Udemy offer a huge variety of online courses and as a partner, I want to let you guys know that they are soon changing their pricing structure, so before they change, you should get in on this amazing deal… All of Udemy’s courses are just $10 until September 1, 9am PST. View all courses » Currently, Udemy’s courses are between … [Link]

Web Design Blog | Magazine for Designers

20 Online Communities for Web Designers and Developers

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for the best online communities for web designers and web developers? We narrowed down the list for you and selected some of the most popular, most useful, online communities web designers and devs will love to be a part of. These great online communities act as forums or social media platforms for web developers. Some of them are aggregators … [Link]

20 Best WordPress Themes for Multilingual Websites

Posted 4 days ago

Do you want to write content in multiple languages, on your site? Don’t worry! This can be simply done using a multilingual plugin, such as WPML. It also helps to have a theme that was created especially for multilingual websites and it is WPML-compatible. To make things easier for you, we searched for some of the best WordPress themes for … [Link]

20 WordPress Themes Compatible with Gravity Forms

Posted 5 days ago

Gravity Forms for WordPress is a full featured contact form plugin that features a drag and drop interface, advanced notification routing, lead capture, and so many other amazing features. It has gained popularity because of its extended functionality and how it can be easily customized to attract leads and even create a simplified online shop! Because this is a very … [Link]


Design Bundles Has Arrived!

Posted 20 days 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 8 weeks 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]

How to Make a Custom Illustrator Brush

Posted 8 weeks ago

It’s really a lot easier than you would expect. This tutorial was requested by many of my readers after I posted this Free set of 35 Abstract Illustrator Brushes. The possibilities are endless as far as brush making goes in illustrator, but I wanted to get you started in the right direction and let you take it from here. (The … [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Web Unleashed 2015 Ticket Giveaway

Posted 12 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 13 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 15 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]


Milky Way Mirrored on Salt Flats

Posted 3 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 3 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 4 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]

Web Design Ledger

Create Dots Along Spiral Path in Illustrator

Posted 4 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 21 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 21 months ago

Western Youths. [Link]

Inky Email App

Posted 21 months ago

Inky. [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

Goodbye: A Farewell Message

Posted 11 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 11 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 11 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 9 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 9 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 9 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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