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Abduzeedo Design Inspiration – Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Inspiring Artworks by Takeshi

Posted 9 hours ago

We here over at Abduzeedo are always trying to help people to promote their work. We are always open to suggestions and are more than welcome to feature designers, digital artists and photographers. Today we feature the recent work of Takeshi, a New York based illustrator and artist from Saint Etienne, France. Takeshi's illustrative work is renowned for its surreal feel, … [Link]

Daily Inspiration #1742

Posted 11 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 http://raw.abduzeedo.com and don't forget to send your Abduzeedo username; or via Twitter sending to http://twitter.com/abduzeedo. Alex … [Link]

Weekly Apps: Textastic, Status Board, Duolingo and more

Posted 22 hours ago

If you're looking for new apps for your tablet, today we're selecting some that you need to test, such as Textastic and Status Board. Also Duolingo for Android has tablet version too! Hope you guys like all the whole selection, and stay tuned for the next week! You can keep sending me your suggestions via Twitter twitter.com/FabianoMe and include #abdz_apps in … [Link]

DesignM.ag – All Inclusive-Feed

Coding a Toggle-Based FAQ Page with CSS3 and jQuery

Posted 32 hours ago

Advertise here with BSACompany websites often have Frequently Asked Questions for people who don’t know much about the corporation or their services. Larger pages with Q&A listed together will often have a table of contents at the top. I don’t like this method because the pages end up long and sometimes confusing to navigate. This tutorial is based around a similar … [Link]

Introduction to the new Google Docs Add-ons

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSAIf you’ve ever tried Google’s cloud-based document suite then you likely know it’s pretty great. Google Drive is completely free and offers each Google Account free storage along with free use of their Google Docs interface. You can build spreadsheets, word documents, and slideshows all within Google Drive. google drive extensions add on store Currently the newest add-ons will focus on docs and sheets. … [Link]

47 Strikingly Creative Examples of Business Card Designs

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAThere should be no question that branding is crucial to the success of any business. Instant logo recognition feels good and it helps build an audience around your product or service. A company business card would be useful when attending conferences, parties, or even happenstance meetings with old acquaintances. But if you really wish to stand out from … [Link]

Vandelay Design » Blog

Be Unforgettable. Build Your Web Design Online Presence Even When You’re Busy

Posted 20 hours ago

How do you get more clients? Build a strong online presence, of course. If clients and prospects see you online, they are more likely to contact you about web design projects. An easy and cost-effective way to build a strong online presence is through social media. The only problem with building an online presence through social media is that most … [Link]

Brand New! Career Resource PSDs

Posted 20 hours ago

Starting a new career? Trying to jump start your business? Maybe you just need sure fire designs to use for your client work. New to the Shop this week are all kinds of career resources to help you make that buck. Identity and Brand Mockup PSD Kit With so many platforms to grow your business […] … [Link]

How to Help Your Client Decide if a Native App is Necessary

Posted 20 hours ago

More and more people across the world are using their mobile devices to access digital content. According to eMarketer, mobile phone use will grow from 61.1% to 69.4% worldwide. The same article also claims that nearly one-fourth of the global population use a smartphone monthly, but by 2017, this number will increase to 50%. American cell phone use has already … [Link]

Smashing Magazine

Cache Invalidation Strategies With Varnish Cache

Posted 27 hours ago

Phil Karlton once said, “There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.” This article is about the harder of these two: cache invalidation. It’s directed at readers who already work with Varnish Cache. To learn more about it, you’ll find background information in “Speed Up Your Mobile Website With Varnish.” 10 microseconds (or 250 … [Link]

After Editorially: The Search For Alternative Collaborative Online Writing Tools

Posted 2 days ago

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the best writers, be it your favorite authors or those that write for Smashing Magazine, don’t do it alone. Often, they work with an editor (or two), who will help them coalesce their words into something more compelling or easier to understand. Having worked with several editors — and having … [Link]

What You Need To Know About WordPress 3.9

Posted 2 days ago

The latest version of WordPress named “Smith” was released yesterday which brings us another round of core changes. This time, the team worked mainly on the back-end editing and admin functions, such as a big TinyMCE (visual editor) update, gallery previews, media playlists, an improved widget UI and live theme previews (only to mention a few). Here’s what you need … [Link]

PSD : Photoshop Disasters

DX: Hovering Wrist Watch

Posted 23 hours ago

Sure, this touch screen wrist watch is high tech, but there’s just one little problem: How does it stay on?? Seems like the wrist should go through the band, yes? Thanks to Steve and Didier, who both saw this disaster here. The post DX: Hovering Wrist Watch appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Mr. Balancoire: Faux Children At Play

Posted 47 hours ago

“Where are we ever going to find actual children to sit on this swing set? You know I’m not legally allowed to go within 500 yards of a playground!” “Oh, you worry too much. We’ll just fix it in post and they’ll never know the difference.” That’s how I imagine this image came into existence. Thanks for spotting this (here), … [Link]

FSD California: Man Hand

Posted 3 days ago

So, uh. This happened. What is it about hands holding mobile devices? Yeesh. Thanks, Jenna! Here’s the original. The post FSD California: Man Hand appeared first on PSD : Photoshop Disasters . [Link]

Fuel Your Creativity

DesignCrowd Discount Coupon for 2014

Posted 4 months ago

Looking at kicking off your brand spanking new business idea in 2014? Need some design collateral to get the thing off the ground? Or are you looking to outsource some design work to steamline the business? The team at DesignCrowd are offering a Massive Design Discount for the first project you submit! Discount Coupon Code: BLOG-2014 DesignCrowd Discount Coupon Code 2014 Simply grab the discount … [Link]

UX Designer Interview: Arun Pattnaik

Posted 11 months ago

Creative. Colorful. Experienced. Skilled. Knowledgable. Fun. Interesting. Passionate. These are all words that aptly describe UX designer, Arun Pattnaik. Visit his website, ArunPattnaik.com, and you can read his personal story of becoming a UX design superhero. In his own words, he shows “the world remarkable things never seen before.” Overstretched? Not really. His vision is to make an impact on … [Link]

Uninspired by the 21st Century Fox logo? DesignCrowd invites designers to create a better logo in new contest

Posted 11 months ago

Global design marketplace, DesignCrowd.com, has launched an unofficial $500 logo design contest to design a new 21st Century Fox logo, after the mixed response to the new logo from the international design community. 21st Century Fox Logo in Blue/GreyThe New Logo Earlier this month, owner Rupert Murdoch unveiled a new logo for 21st Century Fox, the (new) parent company that owns the Fox broadcast and entertainment … [Link]

Outlaw Design Blog

Beastly Badges Labels by Joey Ellis

Posted 12 months ago

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

Western Youths

Posted 12 months ago

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Inky Email App

Posted 12 months ago

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Webdesigner Depot

3 stunning CSS animation effects that will captivate your users

Posted 5 hours ago

Beautiful visual design isn’t enough any more, modern design needs great interaction to really stand out. Animations in your designs can provide clarity, direct attention, and create a delightful experience. Designing interactions is exciting, but costly. Often it takes back and forth between designers and developers to get animations just right; but it doesn’t need to be this way. CSS transitions … [Link]

7 simple ways to build a buzz around your website

Posted 29 hours ago

Your website looks slick, your products and services are amazing, and you’ve launched multiple marketing campaigns. So why isn’t your site producing the numbers you need? Getting buzz for your site isn’t always easy—but it’s necessary for your business to thrive. If you’re looking to ignite your audience and get them talking about your website, you need the right strategy… …these … [Link]

How to use the infinite scrolling trend, the right way

Posted 2 days ago

thumbnailInfinite scrolling has became a common design pattern in recent years. With many high profile social networks adopting the solution, it’s come to be one of the most widely adopted patterns out there. Though however popular, every design pattern always has its own unique strengths and weaknesses we have to plan for. Done badly, and infinite scrolling will wreck your UX … [Link]

JUST™ Creative

4 Heartfelt Marketing Campaigns That Made A Difference

Posted 24 hours ago

This article has been contributed by Hannah Connor. Recently we looked at 4 successful marketing campaigns that rocked the world, and now we are taking a look at 4 new campaigns that creatively stood out and helped make a difference. These campaigns play off human emotion, and from it we can learn how to share the human factor and us … [Link]

A Beginner’s Guide to UX & UI Design

Posted 15 days ago

This article has been contributed by Saha William. User experience (UX) is the end result of User Interface design (UI)… If that’s what you wanted to hear, there you have it. Take it and leave it! However, if you landed on this post with a resolve to understand what UX and UI design truly mean and what makes them apart, … [Link]

Top 10 E-mail Etiquette Tips During Your Career Search

Posted 3 weeks ago

This article has been contributed by Jeffrey. Currently, for the past several years, email communication has proven an effective solution for many purposes. It saves money, time and allows you to find what you want without intermediaries. For this reason, having the company data to which you wish to apply for a job can be very useful. This may help … [Link]

BittBox

Freebie: Ribbon Pack

Posted 27 hours ago

Advertise here with BSAAwesome Ribbon Pack, designed exclusively by Freepik for BittBox. Ribbon Pack You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now! Download .ZIP [Link]

Wooden Backgrounds – Freebie

Posted 17 days ago

Advertise here with BSADo you need some wooden backgrounds? Here you has this awesome vector pack, created by Freepik for BittBox. Wooden BG You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now! Download .ZIP [Link]

Free Floral Ornaments

Posted 20 days ago

Advertise here with BSAOur Freepik‘s friends share today with us this awesome pack of floral ornaments, exclusive for BittBox and all the readers. Floral Ornaments You can use it for any personal or commercial project, download now! Download .ZIP (I) Download .ZIP (II) [Link]

Web Designer Wall – Design Trends and Tutorials

FITC Toronto 2014 Ticket Giveaways

Posted 16 days ago

I've have two FITC Toronto 2014 conference tickets to giveaway and all you need to do is send a tweet for your chance to win. For those who don't know about FITC Toronto, it is an annual technology and creativity event over three days with 80 plus speakers and 1200 attendees from around the world. [...] [Link]

Themify is Redesigned

Posted 5 weeks ago

Themify has come a long way since its launch 3 years ago, and I thought it was finally time to redesign the Themify website. The goal of Themify is to make it easy for anyone to build a beautiful, responsive website using WordPress and Themify themes. This means that we need to stay ahead of [...] [Link]

How to Protect WordPress Sites

Posted 5 months ago

WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous content management systems in the world. Even better, it's open source! However, as an open source piece of software, it can be vulnerable to malicious individuals digging through code and finding vulnerabilities in the code, which they attempt to exploit. As such, WordPress sites have been prone to [...] [Link]

Six Revisions

The Future of WordPress

Posted 8 days ago

Starting with just a simple line of code 11 years ago, WordPress has evolved to become the platform of more than 74 million websites. Even with a vast array of competitors offering similar functionality, WordPress still dominates the CMS market with a 21.9% market share. I have had a more detailed look at WordPress than most. I have contributed to … [Link]

How to Make Distributed Design Teams Work

Posted 10 days ago

With more and more technology companies adopting remote working environments, having team members in different parts of the world is not uncommon any more. Remote working comes with many benefits, but also unique challenges. The biggest perk of working remotely is you are able to give all members the option to live and work where they are most productive. It’s … [Link]

Wireframes vs. Prototypes: What’s the Difference?

Posted 13 days ago

A wireframe is not the same as a prototype but even seasoned design professionals can sometimes get the two terms mixed up. It’s time to set things straight once and for all, since (semantics aside) the difference between a wireframe and a prototype is actually quite substantial. Editor’s note: This is an article by Marcin Treder, CEO of UXPin. Wireframe … [Link]

Web Design Ledger

8 Must Have Free Fonts for your Designs

Posted 2 hours ago

Advertise here with BSANeed some fresh fonts for your new projects? We got your back. We are always searching for good resources for our readers, and fonts are our top priority. Our job is to browse the web and find what you need. Since we know it is great to find fresh stuff out there, we have this new roundup for … [Link]

11 Inspiring Typography Focused Web Designs

Posted 3 days ago

Advertise here with BSAWe all know that typography is a very important element of a good design. And even though we love layouts with beautiful images, it’s always inspiring to see some minimalist type-based sites, like the ones we will show here today. The designs we have here show that type is not only an important element but can also be … [Link]

Examples of Well Designed Contact Pages

Posted 7 days ago

Advertise here with BSAOften, with websites, the contact page is one of the most neglected pages on the site. Once everything else has been designed it’s pretty easy to just put up a contact page with an email address on it and let the user do the rest of the work, but that’s an approach that lacks elegance. Good contact pages … [Link]

You The Designer

The Iconic Pixels of Susan Kare

Posted 7 hours ago

YouTheDesigner talks about Susan Kare, design icon and trailblazer of digital typography. Semiotics, when applied to Graphic Design, is that bridge where pictures and language meet. It’s in essence, the art of visual association. It’s how we interpret signs, icons and visual queues. These are essential parts of UI design as this is how we hold our users hands and … [Link]

Truth Facts: Awesome Infographics and Hilarious Truths

Posted 24 hours ago

Data visualization doesn’t always have to be bland and boring; neither does it have to be backed by years of surveying – or even be serious at all. Truth Facts easily shows you how hilarious and sometimes depressing it is to live in the 21st century through well-designed infographics. Honest, cheeky and sometimes hilariously callous – that is how I … [Link]

Get Fast and Furious with the State of the In-Car UX

Posted 2 days ago

Can UI go so far as saving a life? Newer models of cars these days, more often than not, come with a touch screen to control everything from what the car is playing, gps/maps to the air conditioning. Yet, in a vehicle where focus must be maintained at all times, we have to give a moment to consider how distracting … [Link]

I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY

Cloths of heaven

Posted 5 days ago

Cloths of Heaven is Seb Lester’s interpretation of ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’, a poem by the renowned Irish poet W. B. Yeats. It is a continuation of his exploration of the theme of beauty in the context of letterform design. He has produced a limited edition screen print and also collaborated with The London Embroidery Studio to … [Link]

An idea of a typeface

Posted 10 days ago

Aware that there is no such thing as total neutrality, Neutral typeface explores how the absence of stylistic associations can help the reader to engage with the content of a text. Is the typeface neutral?Neutral began as my graduation project for my BA in graphic design from the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) in 2005. It is the result … [Link]

This Week in Fonts

Posted 20 days ago

A monumental family from Hoefler & Co, a casual sans by Type Supply, a seaworthy display from Kyle Wayne Benson, a ferry inspired face by Letters from Sweden, an extensive script family from Martina Flor, a strong grotesk by The Northern Block, a functional slab from ReType, and a bright iconset by Symbolset. Hoefler & Co: Surveyor A monumental family … [Link]

Line25

40 Twitter Profiles Using the New 2014 Layout Design

Posted 3 days ago

Twitter recently gave us an insight into the latest redesign of Twitter profiles on the the official Twitter blog. New features include super large header images; the ability to pin a tweet to the top of your timeline; and tweets with the most engagement being highlighted with a larger appearance. Currently the new profile is only being rolled out to … [Link]

Line25 Sites of the Week for April 18th 2014

Posted 6 days 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 Filehaven, Intercore, FLYR, Lincoln Jay and The Meat. Filehaven View the website Intercore View the website FLYR View the website Lincoln Jay View the website The Meat View … [Link]

20 Minimal Web Designs That Don’t Rely on Images

Posted 10 days ago

We usually see websites these days with bright loud photography spanning the full page, but some minimalists can still create great looking designs without any images at all. Today’s showcase presents over 20 designs that don’t rely on pretty pictures, these sites feature no photographic headers or background images, instead you’ll find clear typography and perfect grid based layouts. Alexander … [Link]

Blog.SpoonGraphics

20 Free High-Res Geometric Polygon Backgrounds

Posted 3 days ago

Geometric polygon backgrounds are proving to be very popular resources for all kinds of web and print projects. They’re great for filling out the background of websites and leaflets, or to add a splash of colour to flyer and stationery prints. I’ve been busy crafting a huge collection of 20 backgrounds each with different low-poly patterns and colour schemes for … [Link]

Vector Infographic Elements for Premium Members

Posted 6 days ago

Today’s set of goodies for Access All Areas members is a useful collection of vector elements to help you build cool infographics from Freepik. The file contains loads of different shapes and icons that can be copied and pasted into your own designs. Being vector elements means changing the size and colour is easy and doesn’t affect the quality of … [Link]

How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop

Posted 10 days ago

The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to … [Link]

Design Inspiration | How to Design a Website

20 Free JS Plugins with Incredible Effects

Posted 19 hours ago

Looking for some free JS plugins with incredible effects? We found exactly what you need. These 20 free JS plugins are truly unique and most of all they’re free to use! Save time with these great free JS plugins. Want more cool JS plugins? Check out these carousel plugins, lightbox plugins, search forms and typography plugins! They will surely help … [Link]

20 HQ BuddyPress Templates for Interactive Community Websites

Posted 46 hours ago

Want to create a forum website? Then you must have heard of BuddyPress! BuddyPress is an open source social networking software package that comes as a plugin which can be installed on the WordPress platform. BuddyPress lets users sign-up, create profiles, post messages, make connections, interact in groups, and much more. This plugin is the perfect way to create a … [Link]

20 Best Free UI Kits with Amazing Designs

Posted 3 days ago

Free UI kits are very useful to designers. UI kits usually contain buttons, inputs, button groups, selects, checkboxes and radio-buttons, tags, menus, progress bars and sliders, navigation elements and more. Here you’ll find free PSD GUI sets for web apps, websites, dashboards and even mobile! We’ve searched for the top best free UI kits you can add to your graphic … [Link]

Graphic Design Forums: A friendly forum for UK designers

interview tomorrow

Posted 3 hours ago

hi guys just got a call asking me to come for a interview tomorrow for an Apprenticeship in graphic design one question, they said they will be a hour test on my photoshop skills, what type of stuff will they be asking? [Link]

Zey The Mouse 'Flying a Kite' Episode #1 Stop-Motion Animated Video here!! :)

Posted 20 hours ago

Hi, all Those of you that may have seen Zey and friends before, may like to know, ive achieved my dream of making a proper animated 1st episode!!! 'Flying a Kite' story is based around Zey flying his new kite and gets into trouble, but what will happen next?? 10 months (3 of which making the animation) ive worked really really … [Link]

interview tomorrow

Posted 20 hours ago

hi guys just got a call asking me to come for a interview tomorrow for an Apprenticeship in graphic design one question, they said they will be a hour test on my photoshop skills, what type of stuff will they be asking? [Link]

DesignM.ag

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

Posted 9 weeks 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 9 weeks 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 10 weeks 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]

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